The UK Government has announced its new policy on EU nationals coming to the UK after Brexit : https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/eu-immigration-after-free-movement-ends-if-theres-no-deal/immigration-from-30-march-2019-if-there-is-no-deal#third-country-family-members-accompanying-eu-citizens
As regards ID cards the UK will be phasing out the use of EEA national identity cards for travel to the UK in 2020. More details will be provided in due course. The paper is to outline arrangements for a transition period between 31 October 2019 and 31 December 2020 during which EU nationals will be able to move to the UK to live, work and study by applying for a 36 month temporary immigration status - European Temporary Leave to Remain (Euro TLR). This TLR can be used as a route to applying for permanent settled status.
The results of the Government’s one-year spending have been announced with a £13.8bn increase in government expenditure to be concentrated on Policing, Justice, the NHS and Education. The Department of Culture, Media and Sport funding is being increased from £1.5bn to £1.6bn - a 4.1% increase in real terms for the department’s resource budget much related to England only funds though. Within this the highlights are:
Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom has unveiled a £10 million grant scheme for business organisations and trade associations to support businesses in preparing for Brexit ahead of 31 October 2019.
Applications for grants will be accepted up to Monday 30 September 2019 and administered through a dedicated website. Funding will have to be used on activities to be completed ahead of 31 October 2019 in order to ensure they are focused on Brexit preparations and that our businesses are fully prepared for Brexit day.Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom said:
The UK will be leaving the EU on 31 October. For businesses that still feel unprepared, I am determined to do everything I possibly can to ensure they are fully ready for Brexit.We know that companies often rely on the wider business community for help and advice with planning. Business groups will now be given the necessary tools to engage with this crucial task, communicating with non-members and businesses of all sizes.The funding we are announcing today will mean business organisations from all sectors across the country can stand resolutely behind businesses large and small to support them in preparing for, and seizing the opportunities of, leaving the EU.
Applications are invited for practical advice and support, including (but not limited to): advice packs; information campaigns; webinars; podcasts; events or training workshops. Activities supported by the fund must:
The funding forms part of the £108 million recently announced by HM Treasury to promote and support businesses in ensuring they are ready for Brexit, including a national programme of business readiness and helping exporters to prepare for, and capitalise on, new opportunities.
Firstly, the WTA has expressed concern over the last couple of years regarding the reliability of the ONS’s IPS figures, especially when it comes to headline figures to look at visitors from specific markets or the number of visitors to Wales. Sample sizes are small and give increasingly large margins of error. This concern from us and others, namely the English Tourism Alliance has reached the point where the Office for Statistics Regulation has been asked to review the gathering of IPS data. So whilst the IPS figures are questionable the YTD figures give a pretty good indication of trends in visitor numbers and the impact that Brexit is having on tourism to the UK. Some highlights:
Of note to us in the tourism industry with its strong ties to Farming is the announcement by Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths 'that Farm support in Wales will deliver a sustainable future for the industry and the environment'. The Minister has released plans for a new post-Brexit farming scheme. The consultation is open to the 20th October 2019. Documentation can be found here https://gov.wales/revised-proposals-supporting-welsh-farmers-after-brexit
Like most political issues of the day, it seems a difficult task in light of what may or may not arises from the BREXIT process. Anyway parking that whopper on one side...the Welsh Government want want views on the new development plan which will set the direction for development in Wales from 2020 to 2040. It seeks to address national priorities through the planning system, including:
For more details https://gov.wales/draft-national-development-framework
In 2015 the Welsh Government published its international agenda: Wales in the World. Since then, the international landscape has changed dramatically creating the need for a new refocused strategy that sets out an international vision for Wales.
Over the past six months, the Welsh Government has engaged with stakeholders to develop and inform its thinking around the strategy. The continuing uncertainty of Brexit, the lack of clarity on our relationship with our nearest neighbours, and the protracted EU withdrawal negotiations have added significant delay and difficulty to the drafting of this international strategy. The draft is the product of a stakeholder engagement process and this consultation seeks your views on our proposed approach to internationalisation.
With the consultation closing on 23 October, just one week from the UK’s extended deadline to leave the European Union, the final strategy will need to have a degree of flexibility built into it, and will have to adapt to the circumstances at the time of publication, in response to the ‘deal’ and ‘no deal’ scenarios which will be clearer after 31 October. The Welsh Government are asking us to consider the following four questions:
Question 1: The three goals set out in the strategy are:
-to raise Wales’ international profile
-increase exports and inward investment
-showcase Wales as a globally responsible nation.
These goals have been developed to bring coordinated outcomes to the international work being undertaken by the Welsh Government and its partners. Do you agree with these goals? Are there any other goals that should be considered?
Question 2: People – the strategy highlights the important role that our people and cultural organisations, in Wales and overseas, can play in raising Wales’ international profile.
Do you agree with the ambitions set out in this chapter? Do you think they will deliver the key goal to raise Wales’ international profile?
Question 3: Products – Wales has a strong global commercial relationship both in terms of exports and attracting inward investment. The strategy sets out plans to showcase Wales’ expertise in cyber security, compound-semiconductors and film and television production to demonstrate that we have a modern and vibrant economy. This, in turn, will enhance our wider export and inward investment offer to the rest of the world.
Do you agree that showcasing these areas will demonstrate that Wales has a modern, vibrant economy and skilled workforce?
Question 4: Place – Wales‘ culture and language have contributed to international tourism and increased recognition as a visitor destination. In this strategy, we have identified the need to promote sustainable tourism as a priority. Wales has also demonstrated a commitment to global responsibility through its Wales for Africa programme and our Health Boards.
Do you agree that the ambitions set out in the strategy will promote Wales as a globally responsible nation and showcase our commitment to sustainability?
HOW TO RESPOND
You can respond online at
https://gov.wales/draft-international-strategy-for-wales. Alternatively, you can download and complete the response form at the same web address and email: InternationalStrategy@gov.wales
Or post it to:
International Relations & Trade Department
Food and Drink Wales Industry Board consultation ‘Our ambition to further develop Wales’ food and drink sector’
The Welsh Government and the Food and Drink Wales Industry Board consultation paper sets out ‘The ambition to further develop Wales’ food and drink sector’. The Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths AM, and Andy Richardson Chair of Food and Drink Wales Industry Board, jointly launched the consultation. Their aim is to produce a new and ambitious strategic plan to further the development of the sector and the benefits it delivers for Wales.Stakeholders’ opinions will help shape a finished strategic plan for 2020-2026 which we expect to publish in early 2020. The consultation paper will close midnight on the 15 October 2019.
Consultation: UK Department for Transport publishes call for evidence on Carbon Offsetting in Transport
The Department for Transport has published a call for evidence on Carbon Offsetting in Transport.
The focus of the call for evidence is on ticketed transport – ie., buses, coaches, trains, planes and ships – although they are also interested in schemes for private vehicles as well. The three main issues being looked at are:
While the call for evidence discusses the issue in the context of voluntary offsetting programmes, there is the prospect that this could be a precursor to a mandatory scheme. Responses close on 26 September 2019 and can be provided via an online form or by emailing written responses to email@example.com
Whilst the WTA will not in this instance be responding formally, if a WTA member wishes the WTA to provide a supporting statement to a response then please let us know prior to the 16th September 2019.
The UK Government’s response to the six month review of the Package Travel Regulations has been published -
There is recognition that the new Package Travel Regulations are confusing to interpret, burdensome on tourism businesses and, in many cases, provide little benefit to consumers. It also recognises and accepts a the unintended impacts on the domestic tourism industry and the concerns that the regulations may be damaging the UK’s domestic tourism industry.
However, the Government goes on to say that while they will work with stakeholders to provide further clarity on interpretation of the regulations, they cannot actually change the Guidance as this would alter the meaning of PTR 2018. They have also decided to postpone the 12-month review (which should have started at the beginning of this month) until a time when the UK’s position in a post-EU exit landscape is clear. This makes sense with the 31st Oct deadline for leaving the EU fast approaching.